Grilled Buffalo Wings
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For a delicious alternative and for those who need something to tame the heat, combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 4 tablespoons of the Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce before adding butter to the bowl. Better yet: make a batch of each!
- 1 Cup canola oil
- 1/2 Cup cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons grill seasoning
- 6 Tablespoons Tabasco brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, divided
- 3 1/2 Pounds chicken wings
- 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
- 1 Cup ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping
Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, grill seasoning, and 2 tablespoons of the Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce in a large, resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken wings, seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Heat the grill to medium-low heat. Put the butter and remaining 4 tablespoons Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce in a large bowl and set aside. Grill the wings, turning often, until cooked through and golden, or about 15 minutes. Transfer the hot wings to the large bowl and toss to coat well. Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Calories Per Serving1105
Folate equivalent (total)24µg6%
- 5 pounds chicken wings
- ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning salt, or to taste
- 1 dash garlic salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 (8 ounce) bottle Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)
- ¼ cup butter
Cut wings into sections and discard tips. Season with poultry seasoning salt, garlic salt, and black pepper.
Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
Cook wings on the grill, turning occasionally, until skin is golden brown, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove wings from grill keep grill hot.
Pour hot sauce into a deep, microwave-safe serving dish add butter. Heat in a microwave oven until butter is melted, about 1 minute. Stir to combine.
Dip grilled wings into sauce and return to the hot grill. Cook for 3 minutes. Dip wings in sauce a second time return to grill and cook 3 to 5 minutes more. Place wings in serving dish with remaining sauce.
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup Italian-style salad dressing
- 3 pounds chicken wings, cut apart at joints, wing tips discarded
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ¼ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®), or to taste
Combine 1/2 cup soy sauce, Italian dressing, and chicken wings in a large, zip-top bag. Close bag and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the 1 teaspoon soy sauce and the hot pepper sauce. Turn off heat and reserve.
Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and pat dry. Cook the wings on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until the chicken is well browned and no longer pink, 25 to 30 minutes.
Place grilled wings in a large bowl. Pour butter sauce over wings toss to mix well.
How to Grill Buffalo Wings - Original Recipe
- 3 lbs - Chicken Wings (separated at the joint)
- 2/3 Stick - Butter
- 1 tsp - Granulated Garlic
- 1 tsp - Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 TBS - Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Cup - Frank's Hot Sauce
- In a medium saucepan combine butter, garlic, Worcestershire, vinegar and Frank's. Bring to a light boil, remove from heat.
- Grill unseasoned wings at 350º over direct heat, turning every 5 minutes for 15 minutes.
- Dip wings into sauce and place back on the grill for 5 minutes, do this two times.
- Serve with with celery, carrots and bleu cheese dressing.
I am really looking forward to trying this recipe. Just one question - I have never tried apple cider vinegar and was curious what the taste difference is compared to plain white vinegar. I like a really strong vinegar flavor/more tangy, which is the difference it seems between Anchor Bar and Duffs. Duffs is much more vinegary and I prefer that.
I too love strong vinegar flavor, matter of fact I simply take sips of the vinegar bottle from time to time! LOL To me white vinegar just has that twang with no flavor to it, while the while cider has a tart and somewhat sweeter flavor. Not sweet per se, but sweeter between the two vinegars. You could certainly add more of which one you like to the sauce for more twang. I have never heard of the Duff's sauce. Going to google it now to do some R&D! LOL Thank you very much for watching! Let me know what you think of the wings. Larry
You could, of course, serve this over a salad, like this Buffalo Chicken Salad
How I make this a good cheap eat:
- Don’t decide to make this when chicken is $5/pound and you have none in the freezer. Next time you see chicken on sale, add this to your meal plan! I know that ALDI is the best place for me to buy chicken when there isn’t a great sale elsewhere. It’s normally $1.89/lb! I keep track of prices so that I know who has the best deal where.
- Buy spices in bulk. I regularly buy large containers of the spices I use most frequently, like pepper, salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and dill. I fill small containers to store in my spice cupboard and then store the excess herbs and spices in the freezer to extend their shelf life. It’s much cheaper to buy large amounts of spice this way. If you’re not sure you can use a large quantity, split it with a friend or Give Spice Mixes as Gifts. . Buy extra chicken as well as spice ingredients and stash them away in your pantry so you can make this dish whenever you want.
Tools you might need to make this recipe easy:
This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment. However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.
In a saucepan over low heat melt the butter.
Once the butter is melted, mix in the hot sauce, Tabasco, sugar, honey, cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper.
Let sit over low heat for about 5 minutes mixing the entire time and then remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare the grill for indirect heat over high heat.
Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper.
Place on the grill over indirect heat for about 30 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes.
Remove from grill toss into the sauce and return back to the grill for 5 minutes.
Remove from grill and toss in the sauce again and serve immediately.
Plate up the Buffalo Wings and Go!
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Baked Frank's Buffalo Chicken Wings
Although there are many stories as to why the crispy and saucy chicken wings are called Buffalo wings, most stories point to Buffalo, NY, being the place of birth of this party food that has been an American staple since the '60s.
Flavorful and decadent, chicken wings are a wonderful appetizer for gatherings of family and friends, but also can be a fun meal for a weeknight family meal. Classic Frank's hot sauce, a mild-in-spice sauce, has been an ingredient used for decades in creating the succulent sauce that coats the wings—the sauce is also good on ribs, fries, hot dogs, or other snacky foods. If you are making the sauce with a spicier brand, be sure to taste and adjust accordingly.
We swapped the fryer for the oven to make a simple variation on classic Buffalo chicken wings, equally tasty but without the extra calories from the frying oil. Some added-sugar in the sauce and optional cayenne to make the wings even hotter complete our take on the classic. For a fully authentic experience, serve with celery stalks and blue cheese dressing on the side. This recipe makes about 40 wings by the time you get them cut into flats and drums. If transporting them, place the finished wings in a slow cooker. Low heat will keep them nice and warm.
How to make grilled wings
The first step to getting crispy wings on a grill is to make sure your chicken is as dry as possible by patting it down with a paper towel. Once dry, you’ll want to generously season with salt and pepper.
The next step is to set your grill up in a two-zone indirect heat pattern, which essentially means moving all your charcoal to one side or using just one side of your propane grill. The result is a grill that ripping hot on one side and mildly warm on the other.
On the hot side of the grill, use a fire-safe saucepan to heat up your buffalo sauce. Once it’s bubbling move it to the warm side of the grill to simmer and toss your wings on the hot side. The idea is to get the skin to crisp up as soon as possible while not overcooking the actual meat inside- we found medium-high heat to work pretty well.
You will want to give the chicken a few minutes before attempting the first flip (the meat will naturally release from the grill). Once the chicken pulls away from the grill freely, you’re good to go.
From there on, baste the wings with the warm sauce and then flip. Baste, flip, baste, flip, etc, etc. Each new coat of sauce gets baked in by the fire, creating layer after layer of glazed buffalo sauce on your chicken.
A word of caution: there will be flare-ups. There’s really no way to avoid it, just be prepared. Don’t spray with water or attempt to blow them out (which will only kick up charcoal dust and/or spread the flames around). Just move your chicken to a different location, possibly to a cooler part of the grill.
If possible, you can also lower the hood of your grill to snuff the flames out. Momentary flare-ups are fine, but you want to get those sustained fiery eruptions under control as quickly as possible.
Now as far as buffalo wing dipping sauces go, blue cheese is clearly the crowd favorite.
While we didn’t want to mess with wing tradition too much, we did find that by using Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, and a touch of honey to the mix, we got a blue cheese dipping sauce that was tangy, bright, and subtly sweet.
In our opinion, it’s way more dynamic than your regular old blue cheese dressing. So we’re keeping it blue cheese, just living it up a bit.
One wing tradition we were happy to discard, however, was the celery sticks. Why celery sticks were adopted as the de facto side to have with buffalo wings, we have no idea. So be gone celery sticks, be gone! We’ve been much more satisfied with our choice to pair our grilled wings with Kettle chips!
What’s great about pairing Kettle chips with this recipe is that if you’re missing the crispness of deep fried wings, they’ve got your back. They’re a whole bag of pure crispness. The other thing is that you already have a dip in front of you, so you might as well have some chips to go with it. We found the Bourbon Barrel BBQ and Honey Dijon to be our favorites.
So forget the deep fryer and oven – you can get still get your wing fix in the great outdoors. All you need to get is get grilling!
Rub It In
One of the best ways to ramp up the flavor of Buffalo wings is by layering seasonings. A zesty brine penetrates the meat, making it juicy and slightly spicy. Follow the brine with a rub and you've just added even more taste. Remove the wings from the brine and allow them to drain well. Use a commercial rub, or make your own by combining powdered onion or garlic, chipotle chili powder, paprika, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Sprinkle the rub over the wings and use your fingers to massage it in. Let the wings sit at room temperature for 20 minutes as you heat the grill.
Easy Grilled Buffalo Wings
June 1, 2011 By Heather Solos 12 Comments As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sometimes I go on food kicks. I don’t know why, not too long ago it was Tex Mex all the time. Right now, I just can’t get enough of buffalo sauce. While I would love to indulge in buffalo chicken sandwiches frequently, that’s just not a reasonable choice. As it gets hotter and we do more of our cooking on the grill, grilled buffalo wings are a fun option for a casual dinner or as part of the menu for a cookout or party. When I grill wings, I tend to set some aside for the kids who do not share my fondness for buffalo wing sauce. They’ll learn or I’ll move onto a different kick for a while, either way I’m not going to stress about it.
I love grilling wings, it’s quick, it’s simple and there’s not a lot of fussing. I know the cheap bags of chicken wings say they can be baked in the oven. Don’t do it. They are a slimy mess. I vastly prefer grilled wings where the fat has dripped away, it’s a better experience of taste and texture.
You’re not getting a standard recipe for grilled buffalo wings, rather I’m describing two methods to use.
This technique can be used regardless of your sauce choice. If you prefer to marinate your wings, you’ll need to keep a close eye on them to prevent scorching. The second method may be preferable. Sugars in many marinades tend to burn easily.
Two methods for grilling chicken wings.
You can cook wings from frozen, I know this goes against my usual recommendation of not skipping temperature stages. Wings are an exception due to their size and the amount of surface area they have. It’s not the same as trying to cook a roast. If you cook from frozen, do not toss the wings in olive oil, you’ll just make a clumpy mess.
Before grilling, toss the wings in olive oil and season lightly with a bit of salt -unless they are the wings with sodium solution and then just hope they aren’t too salty to start with. You can also skip the olive oil and just give the grate a quick spritz or brush of olive oil or cooking spray.
Keep in mind the directions for grilling are the same whether your wings are already separated into drummetes / wings or are whole with the wing tips. I find the whole wings a bit easier to manage, but that’s not what I had on hand last night.
Heat your grill, if you’re using gas, you’ll want a medium flame. If you’re using charcoal arrange the briquets so you have space for indirect grilling, if you want to use the second option.
Direct grilling – Cook the wings over medium heat, use the hand test (described in that link) rather than relying on the usually inaccurate knobs. Grill the wings 12 – 15 minutes per side, moving them around occasionally. Close the grill’s lid between wing shuffles, but stay close to control flare ups. All grills have hot and cool spots, moving the wings around helps to ensure that they are cooked evenly.
Sear + Indirect Grilling – Cook the wings over direct, medium heat for 2 minutes or so per side, then move all of the wings to the indirect portion of the grill and cook for 30 minutes, turning at least once. The indirect method takes a little longer, but generally gives more tender results. If you have a charcoal grill, you can toss on a few wood chips to give the wings a wonderful smoky flavor.
If you happen to run out of propane before the wings are done, you can finish them under the broiler in the oven. Use the low setting and keep the wings a few inches from the flame or element.
Place the wings in a bowl with a tight fitting lid and toss with buffalo sauce before serving with blue cheese dressing and celery, I like to add scallions to that blue cheese, but I’m weird.